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Computerization of National and Ethnic Scripts

James Do, Vice-President of the Vietnamese Nom Preservation Foundation, writes about efforts towards the computerization of these scripts:

  • Quoc ngu: Latin-based Vietnamese script adopted as the national Vietnamese script since 1920.
  • Viet Tai script: used in northwest Vietnam, and influenced in modern times by the Quoc ngu script, the Tai script has been transformed, and differs slightly from the Thai script currently used in Thailand.
  • Khmer script: used in the Khmer community of southern Vietnam, and is the same as the script in Cambodia.
  • Chu Han and Chu Nom: before 1920, these were the national scripts. Chu Han was used from the first century to X century, from whence Chu Nom was developed to better represent spoken Vietnamese. There is a movement afoot to make fonts and software for the 4000-ideogram Chu Nom script.
  • Cham script: used by the Cham community in central and southern Vietnam. Code table.

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